Thank You!

What a wonderful way for me to enter into the Thanksgiving spirit: visiting three different kindergarten classes to share my Happy Mamas book.  What a wonderful day it was–these kindergartners were just a joy to work with-full of wonder and wisdom, and a zest for life.  And their teachers are truly GIFTS.

2017-08-28T11:20:45+00:00 November 23rd, 2016|0 Comments

Bonding With Books

For those of you who may have missed my recent Happy Mamas blog tour, here is an excerpt from one of my articles on Bonding with Books that is posted on It’s Fundamental Children’s Book Blog:

How do books strengthen the mother/child bond?

Most mothers vividly remember holding their […]

2017-08-28T11:20:45+00:00 November 17th, 2016|0 Comments

I’m Thankful for Laughter

This month’s story cast is The Little Jester by Helena Olofsson, and so I have been pondering this whole notion of who are the “jesters” in our world today. Dictionary definition of JESTER: in earlier times, a man whose job was to tell jokes and make people laugh. Hmmm, so would that be our late-night […]

2017-08-28T11:20:46+00:00 November 4th, 2016|0 Comments

A Hallow Evening


Every Halloween, it seems, I come across some students or parents who are unaware of the roots of this holiday, and so here again is my post from last Halloween for those who may have missed it.

I love reading scary, spooky Halloween stories to children at this time of year, […]

2017-08-28T11:20:46+00:00 October 24th, 2016|0 Comments

Happy Mamas Book Launch

It’s book launch day!  Time to welcome Happy Mamas into the world!  Thanks to our wonderful illustrator, Ruth E. Harper for her beautiful illustrations that perfectly capture those blissful moments of motherhood.  Thanks to our publisher, CWLA – The Child Welfare of America, who do so much to help all those children and youth who […]

2017-08-28T11:20:46+00:00 October 14th, 2016|0 Comments

A Month of Mothers, Happiness, and Halloween

A Month of Mothers, Happiness, and Halloween

Happy Mamas, illustrated by Ruth E. Harper and published by the Child Welfare League of America, will launch on October 10th.

Stories are all about connections–connecting us to one another, to other places, to other cultures, and to […]

2017-08-28T11:20:46+00:00 October 1st, 2016|0 Comments

International Literacy Day

How fitting that this month’s storycast, “Sylvester and the Magic Pebble,” coincides with the month that we celebrate International Literacy Day (September 8th).  Literacy and magic, methinks, have much in common.


Merriam Webster definition of MAGIC:

“A power that allows people (such as witches and wizards) to do impossible things by saying special words or performing special […]

2017-08-28T11:20:46+00:00 September 17th, 2016|0 Comments

Grandparents’ Day 2016

As it is Grandparents’ Day today, my thoughts turn to my own grandparents.  I never knew my maternal grandmother as she died when my mother was only 18 years old.  But I do remember my maternal grandfather, Timothy, as he lived with us when I was just a wee girl.  I remember clasping his hand […]

2017-08-28T11:20:46+00:00 September 11th, 2016|0 Comments